Home Business Permit
City of Independence, Missouri
Business Name (if any)
Address of Home Business
Total Square Footage of Home
Square Footage of Business
Hours of Operation a.m. to p.m.
Days of the Week
Number of Clients/Customers per day
Is there a Homes Association for your subdivision? Yes / No
City State Zip
City State Zip
Applicant's Signature Owner
In order for an application to be considered complete, the following materials must be submitted
at the time of application:
1. A completed application form;
2. Application Fee – $100.00, with funds payable to the City of Independence, Missouri;
3. Letter explaining the Home Business requested. This letter should include information
about the business such as customer/client activity at the home, available parking, the
business location in the home, and generally how the business will operate;
4. A plot plan showing an overhead view of the property providing the accurate location of
the house, driveway, accessory buildings, and so forth. A mortgage survey may be used
for this requirement;
5. Names and addresses of all property owners adjacent, opposite, and abutting and within
185 feet of the land proposed for the home business permit.
HOME BUSINESS STANDARDS
BUSINESS LICENSE REQUIRED
All home businesses must maintain a valid Business License, which must be renewed annually.
A business license will only be issued once a home business permit is first approved in
accordance with the City Code.
Home businesses are allowed in any zoning district that permits household living, provided that
the home business complies with all applicable standards and requirements, including the home
business permit requirements of the UDO.
GENERAL STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS.
All home businesses are subject to the following standards and requirements:
There may not be more than one major home business or two minor home businesses in
any dwelling unit.
The following uses are prohibited as home businesses:
1. Automotive and vehicle service and repair including, but not limited to: engine
work, body work, painting, washing and detailing services, window glass
replacement, accessory parts sales and installation.
2. Employee dispatch centers.
3. Animal boarding, kennels, veterinarian clinics and animal hospitals in residential
4. Medical/dental offices or clinics.
5. Funeral homes.
6. Bail bonding.
7. Equipment rental and sales.
8. Radio, television, and similar electronic device sale and repair.
9. Appliance sale and repair.
NUMBER OF PERSONS/EMPLOYEES
Not more than two persons, who must be permanent residents of the dwelling unit, may
be engaged in the operation of a home business.
FLOOR AREA LIMIT
Either up to 25% of the total floor area of the dwelling unit may be used in conjunction
with a home business, or up to 300 square feet of an existing accessory structure, such as
a freestanding garage, may be used for a home business.
All activities and storage areas associated with such businesses must be conducted in
completely enclosed structures.
OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
No home business or equipment used in conjunction with a home business may cause
odor, vibration, noise, electrical interference or fluctuation in voltage that is perceptible
beyond the lot line of the property on which the home business is conducted. The Fire
Department will review and approve the use and/or storage of materials used in
conjunction with a home business.
The selling of stocks of merchandise, supplies, or products is prohibited, except that
incidental retail sales may be made in conjunction with other permitted home business
operations, (e.g., a single chair hair salon may sell combs, hair spray, and other
miscellaneous items to its customers. However, a dressmaker would be required to do
only custom work for specific clients, and would not be allowed to develop stocks of
garments for sale to the general public on-site).
No sign, nameplate, or any other form of advertising may be displayed on the premises in
connection with any home business (in this section, premises means land, buildings and
No exterior additions to the building structure are permitted in connection with any home
business. An existing accessory building may be used for a home business, as provided
for in this section, but a new accessory building may not be built for a home business.
SERVICE BY VEHICLES
Vehicles used to deliver goods to a major home business are limited to passenger
vehicles, mail carrier, and express carrier, such as the United Parcel Service, and FedEx.
NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF SURROUNDING PROPERTY OWNERS
The applicant is responsible for providing the names and mailing addresses of property owners
within 185 feet of the subject property. The Community Development Department will use the
list to send a letter to each property owner to inform them of the public hearing to be held on
Address Name and Mailing Address
FILING THE APPLICATION
An application for home business must be completed and submitted to the Community
Development Department, with the proper filing fee, payable to the City of Independence. A
complete application consists of all items identified in the Submittal Requirements checklist.
Application fees can be paid in cash, with a check, or with a credit card.
DEVELOPMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE
Every application goes through a detailed staff review at the Development Review Committee
(DRC). This is a staff-only committee consisting of representatives of various city departments
and divisions that reviews each item and identifies relevant issues. Out of this meeting, the
development departments will prepare written comments on the proposed application. The staff
comments will be sent to all parties listed on the application form (via fax or email) after the
Certain home businesses (e.g., day care, bed and breakfast, beauty/nail salon, massage or any
business with food) require inspections by the City of Independence. These inspections must be
completed prior to the home business application proceeding to the Planning Commission.
The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing and review the major home business
permit application. The Planning Commission may establish specific requirements as to
operation and conduct of a home business so as to assure that it will not have a disruptive effect
on the neighborhood. Those applications that would, in the judgment of the Planning
Commission, create excessive noise, pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or any other condition that
would interfere with the safety and general welfare of the surrounding neighborhood, may not be
approved. If the Planning Commission either deny, or approve a major home business permit
application with conditions unsuitable to the applicant, the applicant may appeal the application
to the City Council requesting that it consider and take final action on the permit application.
If a legal protest petition is submitted, the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to
the City Council.
The City Council will consider a home business permit application on an appeal from an action of the
Planning Commission or when a valid legal protest petition was submitted. The City Council will act on
a resolution after reviewing the record of the proceedings from the Planning Commission.